Daily Archives: December 18, 2012

EAD and EWS-WWF Renew their Partnership to Raise Environmental Awareness

Abu Dhabi, 17 Dec. 2012 (WAM) – The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) have renewed their partnership agreement for another three years to jointly implement environmental education and awareness programmes on the three key themes of Biodiversity, the UAE’s Ecological Footprint and Climate Change.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Jaber Al Jabri, EAD’s Deputy Secretary General and Ms. Ida Tillisch, Acting Director General of EWS-WWF at EAD’s headquarters in Al Mamoura building.

The programmes and campaigns will be implemented by EWS-WWF, in cooperation and with support from EAD to raise awareness about the UAE and the region’s rich biodiversity and what can be done to conserve it, as well as important environmental issues such as climate change and natural resource management. Priority will be given to issues where education and awareness raising is particularly needed and can have an impact, for example, information to the general public and private sector on how they can help on the issue of overfishing. .

Focus will be given to the understanding of the UAE’s Ecological Footprint and the need to use natural resources sustainably. This includes reducing energy and water use, which are the main contributors to the high Ecological Footprint of the UAE.

Moreover, the campaigns will raise awareness about the consequences of climate change for the UAE as well as globally and encourage the UAE public to take action to help mitigate these impacts.

As per the agreement, EAD will provide the guidance, support, and scientific expertise needed to effectively implement the EWS-WWF’s work in Abu Dhabi and in the wider UAE. The Agency will also provide financial support to act as �seed’ funding to help EWS-WWF get the programmes off the ground.

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD, said: “Since its establishment in 2001, we have been working very closely with EWS-WWF to achieve our common goals towards achieving sustainability in UAE. Renewing our partnership agreement for another three years will enhance the implementation of our joint environmental education and awareness campaigns.” Ida Tillisch, Acting Director General, EWS-WWF, said; “We are pleased to continue working closely with EAD to implement important environmental education programmes across the UAE and we are delighted to renew our partnership agreement.. We are grateful for the continued support and guidance from EAD. Throughout the past decade the partnership has resulted in real impact in conservation, such as implementation of effective programmes to tackle climate change, conserve biodiversity and reduce the Ecological Footprint.” WAM/MAB

Nahyan named Honorary Chairman of Council on Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean

Nahyan named Honorary Chairman of Council on Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean
2012-12-17 22:50:27

ABU DHABI: Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, will be the Honorary Chairman of the Council on Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, a body created to conceptualize, direct and facilitate further development of an Arab-Latin American partnership.

The announcement was made at the Arab-Latin American Forum which concluded today in Abu Dhabi. The forum was organized by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE) and the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).

Economic, political and social leaders from Latin America and the Arab world convened at the forum which designed to help develop a strategic vision for an enhanced partnership on issues of mutual concern to both regions Dr. Leonel Fernandez, former President of the Dominican Republic and President of FUNGLODE, will serve as Chair of the 20-member Council.

The immediate creation of the Council on Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean was also recommended by participants at the forum.


January to Witness Opening of Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi,17 Dec. 2012 (WAM) -The wave of anticipation surrounding the opening of the UAE’s first mega waterpark is set to break in the New Year, with the Park’s doors officially opening to the public on January 24th, 2013.

The waterpark is the brand new highlight of Yas Island’s exciting entertainment offering, and will bring together 43 exciting rides, slides, and attractions, themed restaurants, shops and activities spread over 15 hectares, featuring a mountain topped by a massive glittering pearl, bandit towers, an authentic wood-raftered souq and a giant falcon’s nest spilling over with slides.

“We are just a few weeks away from the grand opening of Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. All the rides, slides and attractions are installed and the pre-opening testing stage has commenced to ensure that everything is in place in terms of safe and successful park operations. A few members of the public will be given access to the park in the coming days as part of Challenge Accepted Competition, then it will be all aboard for the public opening,” said Mike Oswald, Park General Manager.

“The countdown’s begun and we are sure visitors will be wowed by what’s in store. The January opening will kick-start what we expect to be an extremely successful year for this all-year-round entertainment attraction. Visitors to the Park will be in for a fantastic experience that brings together high-thrill rides, interactive attractions and a number of world-firsts in terms of waterpark entertainment – it will take even the most enthusiastic waterpark fan by surprise.” Visitors to Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi can look forward to having a waterpark experience unlike any seen before in the region, with 43 rides, slides and attractions, including five one-of-a-kind rides that have never been seen before in a waterpark anywhere in the world.

Top of the list is Dawwama – the world’s first and largest hydromagnetic-powered 6-person tornado waterslide with the world’s longest run-in at 238 metres long. Visitors will be able to enjoy the power and thrill of big air as they ride the walls of Dawwama’s 20m high funnel.

There’s the chance to ride 3 metre-high waves on Bubble’s Barrel, the largest FlowBarrel in the world. Bubble’s Barrel features the world’s biggest surfable sheet wave for flowboards and bodyboards. Visitors can test the waves themselves or watch the entertaining and exhilarating antics of the pros as they defy gravity and logic with their moves.

Visitors will be able to speed over the waterpark in the Middle East’s longest suspended roller coaster and the only water coaster in the region. The Bandit Bomber is a 550-metre interactive coaster and the first in the world to incorporate on-board water and laser special effects. Riders will be able to shoot jets of water at targets, drop water bombs and trigger special effects while coasting through the park, while thousands of viewers will enjoy the fun and excitement from below at special interactive drop zones such as the Jabha Zone – where guests can spray water on coaster riders as they zoom by.

Those seeking to prolong the adrenaline high can take a spin on Slither’s Slides – a maze of six slides and tunnels, offering 30 distinct experiences. Families and friends can head down the slides together in double tubes as they encounter Slither and his serpent friends through themed interactive sculptures that spray water, LED light effects and 3D videos displayed on sheets of thin water, before shooting through giant fanged snake’s heads into a splash pool.

The very first treasure-hunt style interactive adventure game makes an appearance at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi in the form of PearlMasters. The game allows prospective PearlMasters to go on quests in search of lost treasures, interact with magical sea creatures, fire water cannons, solve ancient puzzles, and more. There are nearly 70 uniquely themed Quest Items dotted around the park that bring the PearlMasters game alive. Many of these are large-scale sculptures such as treasure chests, giant oysters, or magical sea creatures that stand alone as works of art and have elements of surprise built in to be revealed to players who successfully decipher the clues.

“Our temperature controlled system keeps all the rides comfortable through the winter and summer months, with permanently shaded rides, queuing, dining and lounging areas. We have a ton of exciting attractions for kids. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi will be the place to take the family in 2013!” Oswald concluded.


Leaders sign declaration of Arab Latin-American Forum

ABU DHABI: The Global Forum on the Relationships between the Arab World, Latin America and the Caribbean Region was concluded in Abu Dhabi today at the Emirates Palace. The Forum commenced its activities in Abu Dhabi yesterday, 16 December under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education ‘&’ Scientific Research and Dr. Leonel Fern?ndez, Dominican Republic Former President and President of the FUNGLODE. The Forum joined a total of 120 prominent figures, and sector? and region? specific experts from Latin America and the Arab world.

The Leaders of Forum adopted a joint declaration following the wrap up of the last two sessions held on the second and final day of the event on Strengthening Arab?Latin American educational, academic, scientific and cultural ties, and Building a mutual Arab?Latin American vision on global issues.

In the declaration, the participants firstly thanked the government of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE) for their hospitality and leadership in hosting this seminal event. The declaration also had a special mention of Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, and Dr. Leonel Ferna?ndez were for their personal leadership and efforts in building stronger ties between Latin America and the Caribbean and the Arab world.

The declaration also identified a special need for the development of dedicated joint financial projects and institutions that catalyze direct investments, develop commercial and business partnerships, and fund various supporting programs, relevant research, and development projects.

The declaration specifically noted the existing private, public-private, bilateral, and multilateral efforts to create stronger Arab-Latin American ties: “Given the ongoing and rapidly expanding dramatic worldwide innovations in global communication, travel, research and development, manufacturing and other industries, and the rapid rise of a global middle class in the developing world, the Arab world and Latin America must seek to develop much stronger direct bilateral, multilateral and regional connections at the public, private, and public-private partnership levels to remain competitive and enhance their positions in the global marketplace and the community of nations.” The forum participants also recommend the immediate creation of a Council on Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean in order to conceptualize, direct and facilitate further development of an Arab-Latin American partnership. The Council will comprise 20 recognized and highly qualified leaders from both regions. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, will be the Honorary Chairman of the Council. Dr. Leonel Ferna?ndez, former President of the Dominican Republic and President of FUNGLODE, will serve as Council Chair. The Council will organize, coordinate and implement the modalities, mechanisms and structures necessary to execute the vision and the agenda articulated at the Abu Dhabi Forum. The Council will serve as a hub for institutionalizing programs designed to promote an enhanced Arab-Latin American partnership and to bring the two regions closer together at every level.

In conclusion of the Forum, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Vice-Chancellor of United Arab Emirates University, co-organizer of the Abu Dhabi Forum, stressed the role of the cultural dialogue and sustainable development in constructing ties between the Arab World and Latin America. “The Arab World and Latin America both enjoy a rich cultural heritage, and they both strive to reach a rewarding socio-economic development. The UAEU is therefore committed with its peers from the Arab World and Latin America to the fulfillment of these objectives, and will make available all possible resources for this purpose”.

Meanwhile, Francisco Rezek, former Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the importance of the alliance of both regions on the international platform. “The cooperation of both regions will definitely help shape the world’s future. We can be a role model of a fruitful global collaboration in all sectors”.


Nikkei 225 Closes High as Shinzo Abe Reclaims Japanese Premiership — City Index Asia

SINGAPORE–(Marketwire – December 17, 2012) – City Index Asia

The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo has closed high and the yen has dipped on forex markets after Shinzo Abe reclaimed the Japanese premiership following the nation’s general election yesterday (December 16th).

Mr. Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, has said he will take decisive action to boost the world’s number three economy, which has been grappling with years of unsatisfactory growth.

One of the major factors behind this sluggishness is the strong yen, which has made goods seem less attractive to overseas markets.

Mr. Abe has said he wants to take steps to weaken the yen and target deflation, setting an ambitious goal of as much as three per cent rate of inflation and suggesting the Bank of Japan prints “unlimited” currency to counter falling prices.

This morning, the Nikkei 225 closed higher by nearly one per cent, rising by 91.3 points to an index value of 9828.8 points.

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Bingo Slots Party to Ring in the New Year at Boylebingo.com

DUNDALK, IRELAND–(Marketwire – December 17, 2012) – Online bingo site Boylebingo.com has announced a special bingo slots promotion to ring in the New Year. Bingo slots have been extremely popular during 2012 on the bingo site. As a result, Boylebingo has decided to ring in the New Year with an extra special bingo slots promotion.

If players spend twenty pounds on slots between the 28th December 2012 and the 3rd of January 2013 they get a free five pound slot bonus. In addition, players who spend twenty pounds or more in the promotional time window will also gain entry to a New Year”s party room on the 3rd of January 2013 from 8pm to 9pm.

The New Year”s party room will have a choice of freebie, discount and bargain games with some great cash prizes.

Roisin Curtis of Boylebingo.com said “Our bingo slots have been a massive success this year. Because of this, we have decided to run this promotion over the New Year period. We hope our players will continue to enjoy our slot games into 2013.”

Boylebingo.com looks to continue its success in 2013 by focusing on giving their players the best possible bingo experience by launching new rooms, games and promotions.

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